Esther Lin for MMA Fighting
Dana White today raised the stakes for Carlos Condit and Johny Hendricks, promising a 170-pound title shot to the winner of this weekend's (March 16, 2013) UFC 158 co-main event in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
It looks like Johny Hendricks isn't the only mixed martial arts (MMA) standout with a welterweight title shot on the line this Saturday night (March 16, 2013) at UFC 158, which takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White confirmed at today's (March 14, 2013) UFC 158 pre-fight press conference that should Carlos Condit defeat "Bigg Rigg" this weekend he, too, would earn (another) title shot.
"Yeah I actually like this fight with Carlos Condit, the guy who comes out of this fight the winner is definitely the number one contender."
While it's not exactly breaking news that Hendricks was in line for a title-shot because, well, he deserves it more than Nick Diaz, who will compete for the belt later that same night against division champion Georges St. Pierre in the UFC 158 main event, it's certainly interesting to hear the "Natural Born Killer" promised the same rare opportunity.
That's because Condit just dropped a five-round unanimous decision to St. Pierre at UFC 154 in Dec. 2012. And he was expected to work his way "back into the mix," starting with the aforementioned "Ares." That's apparently no longer the case, which might have something to do with a near finish of "Rush" that came courtesy of a shin to the face.
However, if St. Pierre ends up retaining his title against Diaz -- and Condit somehow dispatches of Hendricks -- it wouldn't be a huge surprise if St. Pierre decides to take up White on his Anderson Silva super fight offer sooner rather than later.
He's already defeated Condit and has no interest in fighting his training partner, MacDonald.
Only time will tell if the 170-pound cupboard for St. Pierre is officially cleaned.